Poole and Bournemouth Stamp & Postcard Club (Founded 1967)

Affiliated to the Association of British Philatelic Societies


The Somerset & Dorset Philatelic Federation

Meetings are held at 7:30pm on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Upton Community Centre,
Poole Road, Upton, Poole BH16 5JA (see map at bottom of page)

To contact the Publicity Officer e-mail chriswheeler07@btinternet.com


Car park at Upton Community Centre
and St Dunstan's Church, Upton, Poole



Club Programme for 2017-2018 Year


September 7th

September 9th

50th Anniversary Evening - Special Inter-club event from 7:30pm

ANNUAL STAMP FAIR, Upton 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)

September 21st Members Displays -World Peace
September 26th Somerset & Dorset Federation Annual Competitions, Wells (Tuesday)
October 5th Autumn Auction
October 19th S, T and U are for ..............
November 2nd Guest Phillip Olds: "Indian States"
November 16th Members Displays - 50 years ago, anything relating to 1967, our Founding Year
December 7th Winter Auction
December 21st Christmas Social & displays of anything but stamps
January 4th Members: Sporting records, achievements; competitions; pleasure boating
January 18th Members Displays: Explorers and Discovery
February 1st Guest Michael Elliott: "Aspects of Finnish Postal History"
February 15th Members Displays: Postcards
March 1st Spring Auction
March 15th Competition Evening - Green, Novice, Barry Proctor and John Hilton Cups, & Bill Way Shield
April 5th Members Displays - Speed, transport, safety
April 14th Ferndown Society's Annual Stamp Fair and Interclub Competition (Saturday)
April 19th Competition entries displayed and awards; Members Displays: Fashion (first half silent)
May 3rd Members Displays - Gems, gemstones, mining; Discussion on Competitions
May 17th Annual General Meeting, followed by social; Displays on anything but stamps
June 7th

Members Displays - Religion, time, time zones

June 14th We visit Blandford Club
June 21st Summer Auction
July 6th Guest Christine Earle: "Open Philately" and "They also served - the Women of WWII"
July 19th Members Displays - Weapons, military
August 2nd Members Displays - Science and inventions
August 16th Guest Albert Jackson: "Poland at War"

September 8th 2018

ANNUAL STAMP FAIR, Upton 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday)


Meeting Reports

Thursday 15 February 2018
Members Displays: Postcards

Mike Houchen opened the evening with a frame of postcards of local scenes of a century ago, with matching photographs taken in 2011, for comparison.  His second frame was of postcards from New Zealand, sent back to England whilst overseas, by his mother.  Matching stamps were on each exhibit.  Rob Wilmott followed with an array of postcards showing local scenes, and an unusual midget postcard of Miss Mabel Love in her younger days! He closed with a Ham Radio card. Malta was Ken Parrott’s theme, starting with some British and Irish cards that were valid for use in Malta until the 1950s.  A Field Post Office card was displayed, and some postcards posted from Malta with French and Greek stamps.  A set of 24 postcards featuring preserved single decker buses concluded his presentation, which was followed by a collection of postcards sent to Michael Mawdsley by friends and family from various parts of France.  Tony Arnold produced a three-frame collection on various themes, including Penguin Book covers, Valentine, Films, Advertising, Saucy Seaside, Railway stamp reproductions on postcards and finally a collection of British Butterflies.
After the break, Nicole Chattlain displayed a frame of excellently preserved postcards from Europe, sent to her great uncle by various friends, which like Michael Mawdsley’s display had a special personal touch.  Finally, Chris Wheeler put up a frame of modern Love Heart cards and a frame of Art Nouveau postcards from the 1890s.

Lytchett Village, 1905 St Aldelm's Church, Lytchett Heath Midget Postcard of Miss Mabel Love Rare Field Service Postcard, Malta 1916
Postcard "Received from H M Ship, No Charge to be Raised" Family Postcard from La Rochelle New Zealand Postcard with matching stamp, from Arthur's Point, Otago Le Boulevard des Italiens, Paris
Salon de S Juan, Barcelona Tony Arnold's extensive three frame display

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 1 February 2018
Guest Michael Elliott: "Aspects of Finnish Postal History"

Michael introduced his talk with an outline of the political and military history of Finland from 1939 to 1945 which fell into four eras.  These were described in detail through his amazing display of the postal history items he put up for club members to study.  Starting with the period 1939 to 1940, when Russia invaded eastern Finland and occupied the area, a selection of postal items was shown.
Strangely, this started with the establishment to the Forces Postal Service in 1937 (in anticipation of what was to come).  Various covers, showing various aspects of their service during the Russian invasion were shown, including a cover sent to the Football Association in England by a British football reporter who had been sent to Finland as all games had been cancelled in Britain due to the harsh winter of 1939-40.  There were several examples of returned covers, sent to army bases, but by the time they reached the bases the border had moved and the Camps had gone.
As Finland had no established Allies during this period, Swedish and Danish volunteers cane to their aid, and they in turn established their own postal services, with many fine examples being shown, using various letter sheets, and postal rates, including freepost stamps.  One of the most precious examples displayed was a British Volunteer Mail letter sent back to Britain by a member of the crew of a fire engine sent to Finland to assist in reducing the war damage.
1940 saw the Treaty of Moscow when an Interim Peace was established, but this did not last long as within a few months Finland decided it wanted its land back and the Continuation War commenced, however Russia re-invaded with the Germans in 1944, taking the eastern part of Finland again and evicting all the population, destroying everything as they advanced.  However due to other political pressures, the tide changed and the occupying forces were themselves evicted during late 1944 and 1945 in the Lapland War, leading to an eventual Peace.  So many unique examples of the postal history of the time, with cancellations, misdirections, redirections, censorship, sad letters of lost families and property, special interim postal arrangements, and even dealer fraud were displayed.
Michael was thanked by the Chairman for his very lucid and fascinating talk, which all those present endorsed.

10 March 1937 - Postcard from the Army Staff HQ during the Mobilisation Period Use of a Bisect during the Continuation War period, 20 March 1940, with cachet "Last Post from Hanko" Postcard to UK Football Association, with Finland stamp, 1940
30 July 1940 letter from the London Fire Brigade to the nine London Fire Brigade Volunteers in Finland - Rare Letter from England during the Interim Peace period, undelivered and returned to sender, "Postal Service Suspended" Postcard from Swedish Volunteer to his homeland 20 February 1943 during the Winter War
Returned letter from a Finnish Girl to a German Soldier during the Continuation War period, 1 June 1942 Parcel card to a Corporal in Kpk No 6, dated 27 November 1944, during the Lapland War Example of freepost mail using stamps, addressed just to the Name and Unit Number, during the Lapland War

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 18 January 2018
Explorers and Discovery

The evening started with Mike Houchen’s display featuring articles, photos, cards and stamps from various countries showing the Christopher Columbus monument located in Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic, which was started in 1852 and completed in 1992.  He closed with two pages of worldwide stamps featuring Columbus.  Mike Trickett followed with Scientists, Inventors and Explorers featured on stamps from France, all with clear annotations.  Among them were the better-known names like Madame Curie and Ampere, but René Laennec who invented the stethoscope in 1815 was also featured.  Several colourful FDCs were included in the display.  Rick Wilmott drew on his extensive collection, taking us around the world with philatelic material featuring Captain Cook, Darwin, space exploration, and several rarely seen exhibits such as those of the Russian Arctic and Antarctic explorers, closing with a postcard featuring the 175th anniversary of the birth of the Russian activist, Peter Protopkin who participated in several geological expeditions in Siberia in the 1860s and 1870s, and who has never featured on his homeland’s stamps.  Chris Wheeler used a wide range of Australian Antarctic Territory stamps to trace the life and exploration of Sir Douglas Mawson on the Nimrod Expedition, and then his own Australasian Expedition finding the Magnetic South Pole.
Finally, Tony Arnold described his two frame open philately exhibit which included photos, articles, stamps and FDCs of many of the world’s famous explorers, scientists and inventors, starting with Sir Francis Younghusband who was the first to explore Tibet and meet the Dalai Lama. He is buried locally in Lytchett Minster.  Darwin, Shackleton, Wallace, Einstein, Newton, Columbus, Cook, The Pilgrim Fathers and the Vikings were amongst those included in the display.  Tony closed with some recent newspaper articles about 2018 GB stamp issues such as the Game of Thrones and Dad’s Army.

Dominican Republic set featuring the Christopher Columbus lighthouse and memorial Bolivia miniature sheet commemorating 500 years since Columbus discovered America Two France stamps featuring Jacques Callot, baroque printmaker, draftsmanand etcher
FDC featuring Gaston Plante, inventor of the lead-acid battery FDC featuring Joseph Lister, pioneero of antiseptic surgery Postcard featuring Russian activist, Peter Protopkin
Tony Arnold's Extensive Display

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 4 January 2018
Sporting records, achievements; competitions; pleasure boating

The New Year started with contributions from many members. Most chose aspects of the various Olympic Games held over the years, with stamps featuring specific aspects of their production. Rick Wilmot showed the Australian 2000 sheets, followed by a set of very interesting covers commemorating women chess champions. Mike Houchen followed by using the very recently issued miniature sheet and its accompanying posters and promotion material "The Great Kiwi Road Trip", which had several pleasure boating scenes included. Don Trowsdale featured the Great Britain 2012 Olympics, as did Ken Parott, who also included the Smiler Sheets from 2009 to 2011, (now listed in a separate section of the SG Catalogue). Mike Trickett showed stamps from the Greece 1896 Olymics, and some later issues from Greece, France and Finland. Chris Wheeler closed with a frame of stamps showing all aspects of pleasure boating - the Royal Yachts, canoeing, windsurfing, power boating, rowing, yacht racing and finally some promotional labels from Nestle and Evinrude.

Cover marking the Second Yugoslav Workers Open Chess Championship Great Britain - Gold Medal Winner stamp - Josef Craig Great Britain ex booklet strips from July 2010 3rd issue
Australia Gold Olympic Winner sheet, 2000 Olympics First modern Olympics, Greece, 1896 - commemorative stamp issue New Zealand "The Great Kiwi Road Trip", with pleasure boating scenes

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 21 December 2017
Christmas Social & displays of anything but stamps

There was a good turn-out for this year's Christmas Social. Mnay members brought along non philatelic items for display, including a collection of national flags, two very old East African wooden family pieces, a collection of Barclays ties from South Africa, a large format 1959 Reminiscent Annual and a collection of banknotes from travels around the world. Many members also brought festive fare, and items for the raffle. Following the meal, everyone took part in the game of identifying 28 items in cotton bags, ranging from a toothbrush, to a drain cover, which Tony Arnold had devised. This was most avidly pursued and enjoyed. The winner achieved 26 correct answers and was awarded by drawing the first raffle ticket. A great evening!!

Getting set up for the evening
The table and displays Bank Notes from Round the World
1967 singles Members actively identifying the secret objects

(Chris Wheeler)


Thursday 16 November 2017
Members Displays - 50 years ago, anything relating to 1967, our Founding Year

This evening the theme was 1967, our Founding Year. Nine members put up displays,two of them displaying for the first time. With such a narrow subject, there was bound to be some overlap and repetition. In summary:-

Mike Trickett began with an unpaid, surcharged postcard from France to England with an unexplained 20/60 To Pay marking on it; a full set of the 1967 France stamps; stamps from 1967 from Lundy, Finland and Greece. Alan King followed with the 1967 Machin issues, including full sheets, varieties, phosphor bands andcolour hues. Michael Mawdsley also put up some 1967 Machin issues, and a range of commemorative released that year or shortly afterwards,but commemorating 1967 events, such as the launch of the QEII and the Opening of the Liverpool Cathedral. Also included were the last £sd and first $c issues from New Zealand, and the final issue from Yemen. MikeHouchen showed British 1967 commemoratives and covers; the complete 1967 set from Australia and Austria; the block of four RSPCA stamps from Lundy in their four languages, isssued follwing the Torey Canyon disaster. Rick Wilmot concentrated on Yugoslavia, with the full Tito definitive set and all the commemoratives from that year, with themes of flowers, fables, Boris Becker and one in particular of the 16th century bridge. Tony Arnold represented three different people in his displays, the first from member Fred Hoare who could not be present, then two frames of material relating to the Six Day War in 1967 on behalf of his wife, and then his own display of two frames covering a wide range of topics and material relating to events and personalities from 1967 with local connections, closing with the final edition of the Boys Own magazine. Linda Westwood showed us a photograph takenwhen she was at boarding school in Oxted, and two stamp albums which she started in 1967.

Following a lengthy break, whilst all this material was looked at and discussed, Ken Parrott displayed a range of stamps and covers from Malta, including one with all four of the 1967 Postage Due stamps on it; covers issued for Christmas 1967 with stamps issued from the set on different dates; and the last non-phosphor stamp booklet. Chris Wheeler closed the evening with two competition entries showing covers demonstrating various philatelic aspects from Great Britain, and then Worldwide.

Surcharged postcard from France to England, 1967 The last GB non-phosphor stamp booklet, 1967 1967 Certificate of Posting, GB
The block of four Lundy stamps from 1967, in four languages The Yugoslavia definitive Tito issue of 1967 The 16th Century Memed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge of Visegard across the Drina River, issued in 1967
Centenary cover from Gympie, Queensland from 1967 Linda's school photo from 1967 The set of four Postage Due stamps issed by Maltain 1967 on cover

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 2 November, 2017 - Guest Phillip Olds: "Indian Feudatory States"

This must be one of the most interesting displays seen for a long time at the Club, due to the uniqueness and rarity of so many of the items shown. Phillip began be passing round maps of India dating from the mid to late 1800s for members to see and be able to relate the location of some of the Feudatory States as examples of their philatelic products were displayed.  His interest in India started when as a 20 year-old he back-packed there and his uncle asked him to bring back some stamp packets from the sellers outside the Bombay Postal Museum. 
In the pre-stamp period there were some 1,600 enclave states, all independently ruled, then the Dutch arrived and consolidated those in the South west, followed by the French, Portugese and British, each taking over separate portions of the country.  Eventually the East India Company became the sole traders and rulers of the country, and brought order and uniformity to many Government functions.  Stamps were introduced in 1864 and by the mid 1880s there were 38 postal stamp

ssuing states, though many more issued fiscal stamps for their own purposes.  Many unusual practices evolved for example interstate postal items had to have the stamp of the originating state, the stamps of the final state, and stamps for each other state the item travelled through.  One can imagine from this practice the amazing variety of covers that could be collected, not to mention all the To-Pay examples.  There exist a vast range of forgeries, fakes, different papers, cancellations, printing errors (some deliberate) and overprints.  Due to lack of education many states had almost no postal volume, but Jaipur for example, where most are well educated, there are high volumes.  Phillip closed with a show of many very rare stamps from his favourite state Duttia.

Example of stamps printed in strips, this one with a Calcutta watermark Example of a page of stamps printed with two different values and colours This block of four have a double overprint
1879 5g 1½ anna seal stamps from BHOR, of two types of handstamps The firs Feudatory State stamps from SORUTH, 1864 Expertising Committee Certificate verifying the authenticity of these two stamps
A pair of stamps from DUTTIA, one with a flaw Sheet of DUTTIA ¼ anna carmine stamps, printed close together Rare and valuable DUTTIA stamp found on a sheet bought for low value!

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 19th October 2017 - S, T and U are for ..............

Ten members displayed this evening, covering a wide range of topics, all turning out to be of interest to the attentive audience. Ray Saunders started the evening with a one frame display of the definitive stamps of Trista-da-Cunha, 1952 to 2015, nicely displayed showing the development of the design over the 60 years. Tony Arnold then displayed two frames of 'Saucy postcards' on various themes, which attracted considerable attention at the interval! Swedish lighthouses followed, with Mike Houchen showing two frames of well written-up material includingstamps, booklets, covers excepts from pilot books, and several enlargements of the portion of the stamps to illustrate the lighthouses featrued on them, notably the inventionof the flashing bulb which enabled the lighthouse to run unmanned. He closed with examples from Tunisia and Ukraine. Paul Edwards displayed for the first time with a very neat frame of GB stamps, covers and presentation packs on the subjects of Steam Railways, the Silver Wedding, Silver Jubilee, Shakespeare, Television, with a cover featuring muffin the mule, Tallents House and Universities.

After the break, Michael Mawdsley gave a short history of St Helena, discovered by the Portugese in 1502, and then a frame of stamps, definitives, commemorativbes, omnibus issues and ones with faults. Don Trowsdale covered a range of countries including the Turks and Caicos, British Solomon Islands, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent, Sweden and Tokelau. Alan King displayed some of his collection of Cape Triangles, covering the Perkins Bacon issues from 1853, on a wide range of papers and inks, including a block of four one penny stamps from a late 1850s worn plate. The later de la Rue issues were shown with their deeper shades, still using the original worn plates, closing with the 'little Hopes' of 1864. Mike Trickett chose Finland (Suomi), one of his collecting countries, showing a range of stamps from the time when Finland was part of Sweden, then part of Russia, and then afer indeopendence in 1917 its own 'lion' issues, and then the 'views' issues from 1918. Two postcards were also featured in his display.

Bob Small followed this with an amazing display of historical manuscripts from theNapoleonic Wars, covering the Prisoner of War camp in Bristol - Stapleton Prison, with letters and site plans; Trafalagar with a contemprary issue of the Times newspaper announcing Nelson's death, the Transport Office and the Battle of Ushant. Chris Wheeler showed stamps, covers and maxicards on the subject of Underground Railways form many countries round the world beginning with the letters S, T and U. Finally, with another historical display of rare material was Wendy Buckle with a wide range of examples of the the correct and incorrect useage of Underpaid items into, outgoing and internal to Latvia.

Tristan-da-Cunha definitives Sweden stamp showing the flashing light invention Scope cover with Television Anniversary stamp
The 1967 St Helena issue commemorating 300 years since the influx of Britons following the Great Fire of London in 1666 Two Cape of Good Hope Triangulars, the first from 1853 Finland, designs for its 1850 stamp issue
Stapleton Prison building plans on land being bought in an Agreement dated 8 March 1804 Thailand - Children's Painting of the Underground Cover from Daugavpils, Latvia to Schwyz, Switzerlandwith Tax mark, crossed out as it was incorrectly applied

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 12th October 2017 - Visit to Dorset Mail Sorting Office, Poole

As part of the Club's 50th Anniversary Celebrations 12 members of the Club visited the Dorset Mail Sorting Centre in Poole, at the start of their evening shift. There we were met by Jaki Magorian who took us on a 1½ hour tour of the centre, down onto the main floor being able to see close up the various machinery at work, and to talk to the controllers of the various processes. We saw the local mail arriving and being unloaded, then sorted into regular letters, large letters, parcels and Special Delivery items, and the sorting routes each of these followed. Jaki explained how the machines worked, what problems they incurred, the manual sorting processes still required, and how unsortable mail was handled. All first class mail had to be ready for outward despatch by 9:00pm and 2nd class by the morning. By the time the local mail had been sorted and prepared for delivery, mail from other centres around the country and overseas for the BH and DT areas would start to arrive, and new sorting patterns would be set up on the machines to arrange the mail into the correct order for each postman's delivery rounds.

Some interesting statistics were given to us: some 3.5 million letters have been processed this year so far, there are 1,081 post boxes in the BH area, and 762 in the DT area. (We went to the key room where their keys on labelled bunches were all hanging in rows near the vehicle keys and log books). 261,623 homes are delivered to in the BH area and 104,100 in the DT area, all within a 2,655.5 square kilometre area.

Example of the sorting machinery used in Poole Example of the manual sort cubicles used in Poole

(chris wheeler)



Thursday 5th October 2017 - Autumn Auction

Another successful Auction evening, with many happy sellers and buyers. It is always pleasing to see members from other clubs, and prospective new members, attending and winning an item or two they want for their collections.


Thursday 22nd September 2017
Members Displays -World Peace

Four members put up displays on the subject of World Peace, marking International Peace Day established in 1986. Don Trowsdale began with a range of stamps and articles on the stamps produced by members of the British Empire, starting with the Churchill Speeches issue from the Bahamas, and then New Zealand and Great Britain issues. Mike Trickett followed with a range of stamps from some of the countries of Europe following their Liberation. These included France, Germany, Netherlands, Greece and Finland. Several issues and designs were included in the France exhibit. Wendy Buckle showed us some stamps and covers from 1919 and 1920 following the liberation of Riga from the Serbian Forces, illustrating regional peace. A wide variety of examples were shown including perforated and imperforated stamps, the use of different papers including bank note paper, differnt sizes, plates and watermarks.

Registered International Letter to London, 1919 Local letter to Riga, 22 January 1920
Rear of banknote paper used for stamp issues, (shown sideways), 1919 The carmine liberation issue stamp of 1919 North Korea's miniature sheet announcing the International Year of Peace in 1986
Two stamps from the six value set of the "Churchill Speeches" Battle of Britain issue from the Bahamas The New Zealand's "Onward" Victory and Peace stamp New Zealnd's 2d stamp inscribed "In Peace, Long May They Reign"
The France Liberation issue printed and first used in Algeria in 1944 Three France stamps, now printed in Washington Two 1947 Germany stamps commemorating the Leipzig Fair, 1947

(chris wheeler)


Saturday 9th September, 2017
Annual Fair

The Fair was deemed a success again this year with all the tables booked and many visitors searching and buying, some with great success! The raffle took place, with Member Don Trowsdale winning the first prize and John Bennett from Roy Hollis of Chepstow winning the DVD.

The Fair underway John Bennett with his prize


Thursday 7th September 2017
The Club's 50th Anniversary Evening
- Special Inter-club event
"Alice in Wonderland and beyond" - Paul Leonard, FRPSL

This was a memorable evening, starting with a most enjoyable meal at the local hostelry, where members met the evening's Speaker, and enjoyed some pre-meeting time together. Meanwhile other members had arranged the Club's Room ready for the Speaker's display, but also with "50" flags, and tables for the Raffle prizes, refreshments and Club archive material - an exciting sight as members from the Poole and Bournemouth Club and visitors from neighbouring Clubs arrived.

Paul had tailored his talk with A4 sheets explaining his display, but specially prepared with the Club's logo and presentation title on them, a very pleasing effort appreciated by everyone. There were five sections to his talk, all most interesting and entertaining, and so well presented. In essence because the Post Office would not consider a commemorative issue for Lewis Carroll, Gerald King decided to do his own. But using the basic design and history of the regular GB stamps, he went one better with his Wonderland stamps in Winks values (40 Winks making a Golden Slumber)! implying that his issues were released before the GB ones, and so the GB ones were copied from his designs. Hence the first 1d black was issued on 5 May 1840, the first Mulready in 1862, and so on. His humour expanded into the production of Alice stamps and covers mimicing those of the Post Office in all aspects of the Post. So examples were shown from his and Gerald King's collection, of a wide range of interesting items icluding such as flaws, forgeries, different water marks, rareities,specimens, overprints different papers and inks, cardia envelopes, printers waste and reprints. Not stopping there, we saw examples of burnt covers, crash covers, salt water damaged covers, and more.

A third dimension to all this was the mimicry of the story of Alice reproduced in all these examples, so there were bantam stamps for when Alice grew smaller, emergency inflation stamps for when she got larger, the Scowling Boys of New Zealand instead of the Smiling Boys, the cracked plates, cat in the tree and cucumber stamps. There was humour and imagination everywhere. A further dimension was that due to the now high value of lots of these items, many are being sent to the expertising committee, of which Paul is a member, and he was able to explain some of the processes used to verify, or otherwise, stamps submitted for appraisal.

The chairman thanked Paul on behalf of everyone, presented him with a special Alice Certificate, asked a few questions about how the production was funded and marketed, and then, members were able to study the material, ask lots of further questions, and finally enjoy the raffle and refreshments. All the raffle prizes were Alice in Wonderland sheets, stamps or covers, directly relating to the evening's talk.

The attendance and subscription list of the Club's first meeting on 7 July 1967 Visit by the Mayor of Poole to the Club in 1989, whilst Bill Way was President The current display by Club member, Mike Houchen, at the Upton Library
Paul Leonard starting his talk The engrossed audience Paul's customised Introductory page
5 May 1840 "1d black" 1862 Mulready High Value stamps on parcel piece
Crash Cover, "Recovered from Cucumber Frame"! Cover "Damaged by Salt Water" "Undelivered for reason stated", with Skull "Dead LetterOffice"!

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 17th August 2017 - Members: Cinderella, Revenue and Fiscal displays

A treat was in store this evening with nine members displaying as wide a range of material as one could imagine. In his absence a frame of mixed material was put up for Fred Hoare, starting with a description of what Cinderella Stamps are. This was followed by examples of several of these including cinderellas on Foreign Bills, Transfers, Hire Purchase documents and Common Law Agreements. Tony Arnold followed with a postcard of The Granary in Wareham, addressed by a girl to her family in Poole with a green shield stamp attached! He also laid out two tables of examples of cinderellas from a split Cinderella Philatelist magazine, which showed College stamps, newspaper stamps and so on. He also put up a frame of mixed material which included Manchester Local Post, a set from New Zealand, a Players Navy Cut stamp and a stamp from the 1937 London Stamp Exhibition. On the theme of lighthouses Mike Houchen displayed two frames of private stamps on covers and postcards, with matching pictures from various islands off the British coast, making for a very interesting geography lesson as a by-product. Many of these were charity stamps, but all in aid of preserving the lighthouses they were illustrating. Don Trowsdale spoke about a philanthropist who bought Jason Island, an island in the Falklands, for use and preservation as a bird sanctuary, from which he brought sample birds and eggs to sanctuaries in Gloucestershire for the public to see. To help fund the expenses of this project he issued stamps and coins. Don also put up cinderellas of Nagger Land, Sealand, Saoy, Lundy and the Calf of Man. Closing the first half Michael Mawdsley displayed a very neat frame of Edward VII stamps, but being copies, some never issued, they could be treated as cinderellas.

After the break Phil Woolstrom entertained with a frame of GB Postage Due stamps, all the values from 1914 to 1969, and then the decimal issues. Mike Trickett followed with France, showing a range of vignettes, including a vignette bag, with examples promoting exhibitions, clean air, various receipts and fiscals, registrations and fees/taxes. Many varieties of the Eiffel Tower vignettes of 1889 were included as was an example of a postcard used that year,the first year they came into service. Chris Wheeler put up a frame of Tobler cinderellas from 1922, part of a vast range produced just that year covering every conceivable subject. Finally Wendy Buckle displayed some rare and ancient documents from Latvia and more recent examples of used revenues and fiscals from the time Latvia was part of Russia, the Occupation period from 1912 to 1919, and then Independence from 1919. These included a range of licences, bank receipts, ID documents and Employment forms.

Child's postcard from Wareham with a Green Shield stamp Folkestone Lighthouse - Private stamp on Local Cover Nagaland block of four bird stamps College stamps
Players Tobacco stamp London Stamp Exhibition, 1937 Cork International Exhibition, 1902 A GB Customs Duty stamp
Two stamps on Latvian Drivers Licence GB Postage Dues from 1914 Vignette from the 1925 International Exhibition, Paris French 20f stamp promoting Clean Air

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 3rd August 2017 - Guest Philip Cant with "Messing about in Boats"

Philip started his talk by explaining how he had loved ships from childhood, especially the military ships.  “Messing about in Boats” was the first talk he ever gave, and now over the years the display has been expanded and modified as new material has been acquired and written up.  He began by noting the top seven naval countries and when they first issued maritime issues: USA in 1869 with “Adriatic”, then France in 1918, Japan in 1921, commemorating the Imperial visit to Europe, Russia in 1922 with a Transport theme, Italy in 1931, Germany in 1937, and only then in 1961 Great Britain with its “Victory” release.  Perhaps the first stamps with boats was New Brunswick in 1860, and the Suez Canal Company in 1868. The “Sandbach”, a 435-ton frigate-built ship was constructed at Liverpool in 1825 for Mr. Samuel Sandbach. The “Sandbach” was an extremely popular ship on Merseyside was taken as a model for the medallion on the British Guiana stamps, where, it keeps company with the portrait of the late King George V. These stamps were first issued in 1913, but the design, without the portrait, dates back 37 years earlier, for the same picture of the full-rigged ship Sandbach, but in a different frame, was used for the stamps issued in 1876.  It also appears in all shapes and sizes on a range of Grenada stamps from 1906 to 1964.
Philip illustrated some of his favourite stamps, the South Atlantic “Badges” and German Colony “Yacht” issues.  Some countries issued single unconnected stamps over long periods of time, such as Argentina and France.  He showed the Russian “icebreaker” series, and then because of the surge in issues as thematic collecting came into vogue, he chose countries with the letter “G” to illustrate their wide range of issues.  He then moved on into photographic releases, many of doubtful validity, miniature sheets, and ended the first half with some excellently produced examples from the Marshall Islands.
The second half answered the question as to why countries issued maritime stamps in the first place, and demonstrated some of the reasons with examples from all over the world: Naval Pride; Science and Technology (cable laying, surveys, space support, postal services, tall ships, exploration); and Famous Ships.  He concluded with a certified forgery of a high class stamp (as illustrated below).  A most interesting evening with humour and a touch of sarcasm on occasion to make the audience question what was being shown and enhancing the result!

Early Steamship "Adriatic" on 1869 USA stamp - the first maritime thematic? The "Badges" sets from Grenada Caroline Islands bisects (resulting from the cyclone of 1905)
Feeding the thematic field - the Guyana 1983 set 1938 commemorative miniature sheet from Spain to the Belearic Islands - mail by submarine, a once only event An authenticated "Marvellous Maryland" forgery from the USA in 2002

chris wheeler


Thursday 20th July - Members Displays - Transport

Before looking at Transport Mike Houchen showed two photos of the display made by Upton in Bloom which celebrate the Club’s 50th anniversary. It features a variety of flowers plus the Club’s dolphin logo. Mike then started the evening proper with cigarette cards featuring lifeboats, which he had purchased on the Club’s visit to the Isle of Wight. And he gave the last display of the evening, this time Lighthouses of China, explaining their link with the theme: they are an aid to transport.
Mike Mawdsley raided his GB, Channel Island and Isle of Man collections to show stamps featuring a huge variety of transport ancient and modern, from animals (donkey and camels in the Christmas Story) to space travel. While some topics could be predicted others were more unusual, such as the “pea-green boat” on which the owl and the pussycat sailed to sea.

Alan King showed stamps of France and Hungary, from the early – horses and balloons – to the modern, including motor bikes, racing cars and aircraft; via the historic such as steam trains and vintage cars; to the unusual such as a bathysphere and skis. Mike Trickett followed with more France, this time postcards, including his Dinard collection featuring a first flight from Dinard to Jersey and the Dinard ferry to St. Malo. He also showed the transporter bridge at Rouen and finished with a postal history item: the Paris pneumatic mail (an English invention which we failed to develop ourselves). Tony Arnold finished the first half with postcards on a whole array of subjects, including tanks, royal carriages, sand yachts, wheelbarrows, roller skates, beach donkeys, elephants, barrel racing, the London Eye and The Titanic. One card showed a balloon over Upton House, which had housed an airship station in World War I.

After the break Don Trowsdale showed a series of pictures telling the story of the role of gliders in World War II, Operation Market Garden, the unsuccessful Allied military operation intended to circle the Ruhr, fought in the Netherlands and Germany in September 1944. He then went on the role of some of the iconic aircraft of the War including the Vulcan and the Spitfire. Barry Hobbs followed with some stunning postal history of the Travelling Post Offices of Bolivia. He explained that he had collected the subject for some years but for a long time had failed to find any new material, which left him without “the oxygen of acquisition”. But suddenly six covers came on the market, all of them unique. A variety of previously unrecorded TPO marks were shown including a 1932 letter to the builders of the Mojo-Pulario railway which got caught up in the Chaco War. The moral of these finds, said Barry, was “never give up”. Wendy Buckle also showed TPOs, this time of Latvia. On major lines TPO waggons staffed by postal employees were usually situated immediately behind the engine. Serving the towns and cities along the route they received, processed and delivered mail from both the post office and individuals. Mail could be posted in a special letter box on the post wagon, each of which had its own oval cancel. Wendy also showed a frame of Latvian airmails, from the start of the service in 1921 until it ceased in June 1940.

Carriages outside a Cafe in France Churns being Loaded on the Milk Train to London
Official Letter Assigned to the Bolivian Railway during the Chaco War, 1932 TPO Letter from Latvia, 1933
Miniature Sheet, Transport, France The Story of the Life Boat, Cigarette Cards

(Wendy Buckle)


Thursday 6th July 2017
Guest Colin Mount FRPSL with "Pig in the Post"

What an extraordinary evening, Colin had us all spellbound for the two halves with an endless portrayal of the role of pigs in Society, and what over the centuries Society has done to perfect this amazing animal, the one that is closest to the human in so many ways.  After 44 years working in the pig industry, notably genetic improvements, with involvement and visits to breeders all over the world, just those stories alone would have been entertaining.  But this was a philatelic evening and Colin was able to display 180 sheets of material showing all aspects of our hobby through all aspects of the pig’s life (and after-life!). There were personal items as well, letters and cards sent to him from family and friends, new discoveries from members of his audiences all over southern England, who sent items of value and uniqueness from their own family memories and history from working in the industry.

There was a great assortment of postcards, letters, invoices, letterheads, stamps, frankings, and so on, in many languages and formats – a collector’s delight.  This was the first outing for this version of the presentation, Colin having restructured it over the last few months, enriching the content and supporting write-up.

Chairman, Chris Wheeler, gave a vote of thanks on behalf of everyone, and as well as a certificate presented him with a framed print from the 6 January 1904 edition of Punch magazine, depicting an RSPCA inspector telling off a farmer for holding a pig by its tail!

Cover from the Introduction page Letter from France to "Mr Pig in the Post" Colin at work in Portugal
Unadopted Essay of Tamworth Sow drawn for the Agriculture Issue in 1984 Rare Ministerial Sheet from Belgium Slogan commemorating the centenary of pigs in the New Forest
The first Harris Shop in Calne Pigs in the pyyg clay, the origin of the "piggy bank" Colin receiving his humorous pig market 100 year old print award from Chris Wheeler

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 29th June 2017
50th Anniversary Visit to Donald McGill Museum, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Eleven membersof the Club made it to Lymington for the 10:00 ferry across to Yarmouth on the the Isle of Wight and via two buses arrived in Ryde where they descended into the Donald McGill Museum to visit the massive collection and display of "saucy postcards" designed and produced by Donald McGill and his Company, Constance & Co. There apart from viewing so many cards, Donald's life story and motivation for doing the cards was revealed, culminating in his arrest and trials for indecency and obscenity at Lincoln Court, where 21 cards were banned and allcopies siezed by the police. Some members bought memorabilia of the visit from the shop, no doubt for Club displays in the future.

Members on board, leaving Lymington Side of the Police Constabulalry Seizure Van
The Constance Company Van About the Company Van Going Aboard

Some of the Club Members in the Donald McGill Museum


Thursday 15th June 2017 - Summer Auction

It is very pleasing to report that this evening's auction was a record on many fronts, especially with so many lots being for Club Funds, but other beneficiaries did very well too, both as vendors and purchasers. It was a long but productive evening, testing the stamina of the excellent auctioneer!

Setting up for the Auction Examining the Lots

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 1st June 2017 - Members Displays - any topic, first half silent

Eight members displayed this evening, starting with Ray Saunders who put up a magnificent display of imperforate Machins, and some Readers Digest multi value coil stamps, all excellently written up in a unique script! Ken Parrott followed with stamps of Malta designed by the famous Emvin Cremona, who between the 1957 George Cross 150th Anniversary issue and the 1980 Flemish Tapestry issue, designed 250 stamps for 62 releases. Back from his six months illness, Bryan Cribb put up five frames of photographs, sketches, and drawings, some of which he had received awards for from the Parkstone Garden Society, and as always gave some very interesting personal and family history to his talk. He closed with a set of old postcards recently brought back from Monaco by his daughter.

Michael Mawdsley put up a frame of beautifully displayed stamp sheets commemorating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, These covered GB (with some overprints), the Commonwealth and the omnibus issue for the Colonies. Wendy Buckle followed with two frames of highly colourful stamps, covers and postcards on the topic of Illustrated Manuscripts, with an excellent account of the production process from the 800 to 1500 period, explaining how the monastries used their animals and other products to make the vellum, ink, quills, etc, and then closed with illustrations of the binding process. Bob Small surprised us all with his display of King George V WWI ½d green stamps in the huge variety of colours that have been individually identified, some with certificates. Until the outset of WWI, dyes had come from Germany, but this huge range in colours was a result of GB having to make their own. Bob noted that the cost of these shades varied from £1 to £11,500!!

After the break, Mike Houchen displayed a wide range of lighthouses on stamps and matching postcards and photographs of the lighthouses of France. Maxicards, sheetlets and enlargements were included in the three frame display. The evening closed with a three frame thematic display by Chris Wheeler on the Fire Services of Europe, with stamps from a host of countries relating the the Fire Service, and then some covers, meter marks, and postcards.

Ray's Machin Display of Imperforates and Coils The only trolley bus that had good enough brakes for Constitution Hill, Poole Bob's display of King George V ½d greens
Salisbury where St Osmond, Bishop of Salisbury, encouraged the transcription of books for his library The New Zealand Coronation issue of 1953 showing the Crown and Sceptre A Malta cover bearing three of Emvin Cremona's stamps
The position of the Lighthouse at Marseille, on a postcard The display of various aspects of the Fire Service in Europe

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 18th May 2017 - AGM

A successful AGM was held on the evening of 18th May, with many members attending. As well as the formal discussions plans were finalised for the Programme for 2018-2019, and the 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Chairman's Award, 2017
The Social after the AGM 1880s Map of Poole Harbour

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 4th May 2017 - Guest John Davis FRPSL "Tin Can Mail"

John Davis is well known to the Club for his excellent displays, and this one was also exciting. Based on his successful competition entry at Stampex in 2016, John first gave a brief account of the history and geology of the island of Niuafo'ou, part of the Tonga Group. Discovered in 1616, it has an average population of 1,300 mainly illiterate inhabitants, yet it has over the years had an enormous mail count, all resulting from its unique method of delivery. Being a volcanic island with no port or beaches, all shipments have been done to and from ships anchored about two miles off shore whose captains sound the ship's horn when they are ready to unload or pick up provisions. Swimmers go out in the shark infested waters to collect and deliver cargo to these ships. However in 1882 a white non-native became marooned on the island and sent a letter wrapped in greaseproof paper in a sealed container to a passing ship for delivery to the Tonga postal authorities asking for a mail service to be set up. Once this had been agreed the mail became known as Tin Can Mail because it was transported to and from these passing ships in sealed kerosene cans. After a few years tourist ships seized on the idea, and they made a special stop off the coast for their passengers to send mail to the island to be franked and returned to them. Over the years a large variety of cachets in different styles and languages were designed and used, and these were reflected in John's display.

Special events occurring in and to the island were also shown, such as the total eclipse of the sun in 1930, the volcanic eruptions in 1946 leading to the evacuation of the island, and the cessation of the service, and then its resumption in 1962 following the islanders return; and its continued use until the small airport was opened in 1983. His display included some newspaper articles, comical postcards, damaged covers and various other stories, such as the replacement of swimmers with canoes after one of the swimmers was killed by a shark.

Chairman Chris Wheeler gave a vote of thanks on conclusion of the talk, which had been enjoyed by all present, and had generated a number of questions during its delivery.

Incoming mail cover, 1938, with image of the island imprinted on it Very rare cover with "Damaged by Salt Water in Tonga" cachet Detail of the cachet "Damaged by Salt Water in Tonga" cachet
Canoe Mail Cartoon cover from Walter Quensell to his son Japanese hand paintedcover sent to Niuafoou for postage back to the artist
US Naval Eclipse Expedition cover Reverse side of the US Eclipse Expedition cover 1946 Volcankic Eruption cover to Great Britain
Last Tin Can Mail Evacuation cover, 1946, to Fiji Resumption of Tin Can Mail service FDC in 1962

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 20th April 2017 - Competition Entries Displayed and Awards

Those who had entered the Competition on 16th March had the opportunity to put up their entries again this evening and to talk about them. Certificates, Cups and Shields were presented to much applause. This was followed by some additional displays, notably that by Tony Arnold of two boards laid out with colourful copies of the front covers of comics from the 1950s and 1960s. Mike Houchen also put of a display of some of the lighthouses on postcards from around the English coast.

Ken looking at the Competition Entries
Mike explaining his Competition Entry The Lighthouse on Holy Island St Mary's Lighthouse at Whiteley Bay

(Chris Wheeler)


Thursday 6th April 2017 - Holidays and Places Visited

Three members put up displays this evening, Tony Arnold showing many pictures of his visits to Denmark, highlighting the more unusual and memorable sights and experiences as he travelled around the country, to its islands and major cities. His first illustrations were of the old cottages on the island of Læsø which had been converted to museums and had roofs of seaweed, which over time slid down and covered the walls and windows. He showed lots of pictures from the travelling floating ship The Ark, which featured many stories from the Bible, finishing with the Mermaid in Copenhagen. Don Trowsdale gave everyone a cornucopia of illustrated memories from places which he had visited during his lifetime with interesting stories about the visits. These started with his family home at County Gates on the Somerset/Devon border, his fascination with Dan Dare and itsmuseum, picking grapes from a vineyard in Lytchett Matravers and making wine from them, his visits to Quebeck, Sanibel Island, Scotland and his local at Yately where he lived for some time. Chris Wheeler then illustrated with stamps, postcards and covers items that had been sent to or received from the nine islands in the Canaries.

Don's Parents's Home at County Gates in the 1930s On Holiday at the Coronation Street set outside the Rovers Return In Nefoundland after the floods, a schooner towing a house to safety
The Ark floating Museum Statue of the Pigs in Aarhus, Denmark The craze of knitting blankets for the trees in the forest
A museum in Læsø with seaweed roof overhanging
Postcard map of the Canary Islands 1898 1d mauve from Dover to Lanzarote on piece showing St Margaret's Bay Hotel, Lanzarote

(chris wheeler)


Thursday 16th March 2017 - Competition Evening
Green Cup, Novice Cup, Harry Parsons Shield, The Thematic Cup, Barry Proctor Cup, John Hilton Trophy and the overall Bill Way Shield

There were nine entries altogether this evening, four were judged by visiting Judge, Albert Jackson, the others by Club members. The results and overall winner of the Bill Way Shield are in the tables below. After completing his work, Albert reminded Club members that Competitions were a key part in the life of any Philatelic group, and that taking part is highly recommended. He commented that he had taken part in many competitions over the years, some doing very well, and some entries not even being placed. He had tried to be fair in following the competition rules, explaining how the entries had met or otherwise the spirit of the rules. His key message was that competitors must "lead the judge", have a plan, good introduction and then the exhibit must lead the judge clearly the through the story being told.

Green Cup

Harry Parsons Shield
(Postal History)
Thematic Cup Barry Proctor Cup
John Hilton Trophy
(modern Covers)
1 1 2 3 2 0

Entries judged by Albert Jackson

  Name Subject Points Award
Green Cup        
1st Don Trowsdale Ascension Islands 45 MERIT
Harry Parsons Shield        
1st Wendy Buckle Latvia at War 1919-1920 80 GOLD
The Thematic Cup        
1st Chris Wheeler A Day Out at Kew Gardens 76 SILVER
2nd Mike Houchen 'Evolved' Lighthouses 66 SILVER

Entries judged by Club Members

Barry Proctor Cup    
1st MikeTrickett Paris Flood
2nd Chris Wheeler Postcrossing
3rd Tony Arnold Saucy Postcards
John Hilton Trophy    
1st Chris Wheeler Worldwide Covers from 1967
2nd Chris Wheeler GB Covers from 1967
Bill Way Shield    
1st Chris Wheeler A Day Out at Kew Gardens
2nd Wendy Buckle Latvia at War 1919-1920
3rd Mike Houchen 'Evolved' Lighthouses
Joint 4th MikeTrickett Paris Flood
Joint 4th Chris Wheeler Worldwide Covers from 1967
Joint 4th Don Trowsdale Ascension Islands
Joint 7th Tony Arnold Saucy Postcards
Joint 7th Chris Wheeler Postcrossing
Joint 7th Chris Wheeler GB Covers from 1967

Going forward to the Ferndown Interclub Competition on 8 April

PostalHistory Wendy Buckle Latvia at War 1919-1920
Thematic Chris Wheeler A Day Out at Kew Gardens

(wendy buckle and chris wheeler)

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Future Meetings

Thursday 1st March: Spring Auction

The Club meets at the Upton Community Centre (next to St Dunstan's Church) in the evenings of the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7.15pm for 7.30pm.
Annual membership subscription is £6. For further details please contact:

Secretary:- Michael Mawdsley, email: michael.p.mawdsley@gmail.com

or Mike Houchen:- 01202 622873 (Local, Upton)



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